Radio Galaxy 3C288
This is an unusual radio galaxy. It has double lobes with plume-like extensions. Astronomers believe that the jets are fueled by material accreting onto a super-massive black hole at the center of the host galaxy (not shown in this image). The high energy particles are confined to remarkably well collimated jets, and are shot into extragalactic space at speeds approaching the speed of light, where they eventually balloon into massive radio lobes. The overall size of this source is 104 kpc, and there is an abbreviated jet and counterjet.
Radio galaxy at z=0.246 (778/h Mpc, H = 100h km/s/Mpc). VLA 8.4 GHz image at 0.2 arcsec resolution.
Legacy Astronomical Images
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Legacy Astronomical Image
Alan Bridle, Jacob Callcut, Ed Fomalont
Very Large Array (VLA)
Type of Observation
Center of Image
RA 13:38:49.990, Dec: 38:51:9.500 (J2000)
Field of View
0.007000 x 0.007000 degrees
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Active Galactic Nuclei Series
Radio Galaxies Unit
Legacy Astronomical Images, “Radio Galaxy 3C288,” NRAO Archives, accessed December 3, 2021, https://www.nrao.edu/archives/items/show/33389.